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Venison boerewors, hot links, kielbasa and Italian sausage!

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by Mauritius, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. I started posting here a couple weeks ago, just before Christmas, when I got a new electric smoker from LEM. I had a horrible time regulating temperatures and figuring out how to make it work. Thanks to everyone around these parts I'm happy to present my first batch of sausage, both fresh and smoked! I've tried to get this right the past few years, many mistakes and lessons learned. I finally have a product I can say beats the pants off anything store bought.

    I made 10 lbs of venison boerewors, my sister married a South African and I've been out to visit a couple times. I also did 10 lbs of smoked venison sausage - kielbasa and my take on a hot link. Both turned out fantastic, I'm happiest with the kielbasa but the hot links are serious business too. I also did 10 lbs of Italian sausage, straight pork shoulder with a little extra back fat.

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    This is the boerewors mix, about 4 parts venison, 2 parts beef fat trimmed from our Christmas rib roast, and 1 part bacon. Froze it 30 minutes and ground once through 1/4" plate.

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    The boerewors stuffed in 1 pound spirals.

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    I pulled everything out of the fridge when I finished to load test my home made folding sausage rack. Hot links are front left, kielbasa's are the loops and the Italian sausage is in the back, the smaller links.

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    After a day in the fridge I loaded the hot links and kielbasa in my LEM smoker. 1 hour to dry, 3 hours at 130 and 2 hours at 140 with hickory the AMNPS. This picture's from about 3 hours in.

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    Then I bagged and finished real quick with the sous vide, took less than an hour to get to 152.

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    Then I let them bloom for an hour. Lost a little fat, but they turned out amazing!

    If anyone wants recipes, let me know. Thanks for watching!
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2018
  2. crazzycajun

    crazzycajun Smoking Fanatic

    Looks good like the color on the hot link
     
  3. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yummy looking!

    Glad you hit the mark.
     
  4. motocrash

    motocrash Master of the Pit

    Gorgeous man! Nice job on the rack too;)
     
  5. azbohunter

    azbohunter Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Looks awesome, I have to get up the nerve to try sausage, I usually have a freezer full of venison. Yours looks awesome, nice job!
     
  6. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    M, Nice job on your sausage,looks like a professional job! like
     
  7. ab canuck

    ab canuck Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Good work and good for you.... Sausage looks great!!! Persistence paid off...
     
  8. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit

    That looks awesome! Congrats on tackling the smoker issues and now being able to produce basically any smoked product you can think of. I'm glad the extra cost of buying a PID controller didn't scare you away. In the end it is about making the best and most enjoyable smoked food you can and not the extra cost or being defeated by the short comings of a poorly created smoker.

    The old saying is usually true, "If you want something done right you gotta do it yourself!"
     
  9. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Excellent looking sausage!
    Great color!
    I bet it was delicious!
    Congrats on making the carousel!
    Al
     
  10. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Very nice sausage work.
    Good pics!
     
  11. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks awesome.
    Like your sausage rack. TSM has one on their web site for like $35
     
  12. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great job all the way making the sausage smoking it wow. Point worthy
    Richie
     
  13. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  14. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good,,,,, looking good,,, nice job
     
  15. Your pic on the carousel caught my eye with all that beautiful sausage hanging.
    Can't see pics in the post though, but from the sounds of it, it will make my mouth water, hell my mouth was watering just reading about it.
    So, super great job, and yes that is what we all strive for, to out do the store bought stuff.
     
  16. Thanks everyone!

    Yes you should! I get tired of plain old ground venison, and we have SO MUCH of it. 6 deer this year, probably 40lbs of grind off each of them. It took me a few tries to get it right, and I wasted some meat, but it's obviously worth it in the end.

    I wouldn't be lying if I said your advice on the PID made this possible :) If you're looking for a new tool for your arsenal I can recommend the Fireboard thermometer. The PID + Fireboard combo is a sight to behold.

    Check this out - two smokers and two probes going at once, it's a pretty good visualization of how I spent Monday. And you can see the PID holding the electric smoker rock solid, except when I open the door.

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    That's a really good idea. I have a few dowels leftover from the rack, I might give that a shot. One nice thing about the LEM smoker is it has a couple metal bars inside the roof for hanging. But there's only 2 of them, and that's not nearly enough.

    A tip for fellow woodworkers - I've started using Sketchup to do drawings of my more complicated projects. Makes the whole measure twice cut once thing a lot easier. Here's the drawing I made of the rack. This let me work out the angles and how to make sure it actually folded flat all the way.

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    Then I can break out the parts and do measurements like so -
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    Super handy if you are so technically inclined... it's a pretty easy tool to use and there are decent video tutorials.
     
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  17. Thanks! I just edited my post to hopefully fix the image problem.
     
  18. ab canuck

    ab canuck Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Pretty neat unit, Thx for posting it as well, Congrats on the carousel as well!!!!
     
  19. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    VERY nice, Mauritius!
    I keep saying I’m going to try finishing in the Sous Vide, but never seem to try. Next time for sure. Tired of watching the Maverick waiting for that last 5 degrees in the oven....
     
  20. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Great work on the sausages and woodworking too.

    But back to the sausages... Dang'it man, I'm Jonesing for some HotLinks now.
    Congrats on making the Carousel.

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